Chukwuebuka Ibeh took home the 1st runner-up position at the 2021 J.F Powers Prize for Fiction for his short story ‘Miracle’, a story about a young Nigerian woman grappling with childlessness and a failing marriage
The J.F Powers Prize for Short Fiction seeks to honor examples of excellent short story writing from a Catholic perspective. The prize is sponsored by Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art, and Faith.
The contest aims to honor the legacy of the 20th-century Catholic literary renaissance writer it is named after, by awarding stories that, like the priests he wrote about in his fiction, have “one foot in this world and one in the next.”
Dappled Things fiction editor Natalie Morrill had the following to say about Ibeh’s award-winning piece: “We were absolutely delighted by this story, and we’re thrilled to see such excellent work coming to an American Catholic journal from Nigerian authors like Ibeh.”
Chukwuebuka Ibeh takes home a $250 prize money and ‘Miracle’ will be published in an upcoming edition of Dappled Things.